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Page A-6 - Shelton-Mason County Journal — Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 care: Former traffic sa By Tom Aaron n the beginning there were two Iautomobiles in the country. You are right, the drivers ran into each other. It is still happening to- day and maybe we can do something about it. Do we cram appointments into a 24-hour period and forget about laws of physics? Speed kills, neglect of paying attention kills, and forgetting that driving is a full-time job kills. It’s as simple as that. Anything that be- comes a distraction can be deadly. It only takes a fraction of a second. Teaching traffic safety education, I was aware of certain laws out in the driving environment. I shared the in- formation with my students. One day I stopped at a State Patrol academy and talked with two troopers who were experienced in laws of phys- ics. ’They shared with me a simple equation about driving. When an ob- ject is in motion it tends to remain in motion until another force acts upon T imes= To avoid th it. Here is the formula: Take any speed, add half, subtract two, and you will get the distance per second you are moving. For example, at 60 mph you will cover a distance of 88 feet in ONE second! (60+30=90-2=88) Quite simple, isn’t it, but deadly if something goes wrong. So, get off your cellphone, it can wait. Don’t worry about who died just now, it can wait. Don’t think about who is attending church, it can wait. Don’t be con- cerned about a meeting, it can wait. Don’t look down to adjust anything, it can wait. You should be so familiar with all gadgets on the instrument panel that you don’t have to look to adjust. If you’re tired, don’t drive. If you even think of drinking alcohol, don’t drive. You just may have a false sense of security. In today’s driving environment, a lot of drivers tailgate. This is danger- ous. Even driving defensively, main- taining a good following distance, someone will take up that space. Just do your best. In most cases, if you tailgate and hit the car in front of you, you’re liable. I mentioned speed earlier. You said if anything happens you are wearing seat belt, your restraint system and even have an airbag, so you’re OK. Are you? If you drive too fast, you can still be injured or killed in a collision. Remember your restraint system is bolted to the floor and so is your seat. A collision can cause the seat to be ripped from the floor. Your physical body is moving at the same speed as your car. Never forget that. Restraint systems are put in cars to protect you as you drive with reason. Speed limit signs are posted for the best ideal conditions. Every time the weather changes no one goes out to change the speed limit signs. It might be wise to drive with a window open a little for air flow just in case of a collision. The deploying air bag won’t bust your eardrums. Would you take $1,000,000 for your life? Of course not. So why drive fool- fety instructor offers advice ishly? There was a little saying in the driver’s education classroom: “Drive defensively, get a tank!” There may be some truth to that. v Use your own imagination in the million dollar statement above. Fin- ish the story on your own. Your life is worth more than $1,000,000. Drive a car that is safe. Check all things on your car often. You want that automobile to respond in a safe manner anytime, anywhere! I have found some tips from text— books and friends that might help. So, know your own personal limitations, keep your eyes moving and be alert. Be aware of what is going on around you, have an escape route and be ex- tra cautious at night. I have a vision problem, driving at night on a two—way road because of on-coming headlights. That is now my personal limitation. When my day comes to stop driving, then I must see TRAFFIC, page lat-7 e chum crOwds, Visit on a weekday little nervous because we don’t know what we’ll do if too many people show up,” Lance said. is making changes this season. “We’re not advertising it and we’re not doing the community tours that we usually do because we’re not sure how this will work out,” Lance said. The gate will be open in November on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting Nov. 6, and the final day will be Nov. 28. The gate, at 1350 SE. Old Olym- pic Highway, will open at 10 am. and close at 4 pm. r The parking lot can accommodate 25 cars so “we’re a continued from page A—4 If you want to avoid crowds and can walk a mile, go Monday through Thursday. Park along the shoul- der of Old Olympic Highway and wear a mask along ‘ drifts down river, her body becoming nourishment for flora and fauna. Males devote all the nutrients they consumed in the ocean to fuel their reproductive system, and when they’re chummed out, they die, their carcasses joining the others. Because of COVID, the South Sound salmon group the trails. Staff from the salmon group and volunteers will be available to answer questions. I Contact Kirk Ericson at kirk@masoncounty.com. COMMISIONER PUD 3 To my fellow Mason County Citizens, from John Komen and radio, a career that led him from Seattle to New York and back. Then he returned to the Olympic Peninsula and Mason County, building a home on a Mason Lake lot purchased 58 years ago. Now it is time to say thank you. So 1 offer to serve you—my fellow Mason County citizens—by working fer you as a commissioner of Mason County . Public Utility District 3. The November 3 ballot will soon be in your mail. I would be honored to have you select me to serve you in this important nonpartisan office. Thank you. The boy lived wonderful summers in his grandparents’ log cabin near the Elwha Ranger Station. He remembers the old CCC encampment. The young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps would take the boy on jeep— rides up the treacherous Whiskey Bend road. He remembers the Eastern brook trout caught in tiny streams that flowed into Griff Creek. And he remembers putting boards across an inner tube and floating in streams meandering from the swift—flowing Elwha River. The boy grew up to become a newsman. He enjoyed forty years in television, newspapers, wire services Paid for by Elect John Komen 0 1390 E Mason Lake Dr. W Grapeview, Wa. 98546 ‘ A [e hold in common this great enchantment with the Olympic mountains. To live on this Olympic Peninsula is to enjoy nature’s unmatched beauty found nowhere else in America. There was a boy whose fortune it waste be forever linked to this wonderland. He grew up on the Olympic Peninsula. In his boyhood, Shelton was where you entered this land of mountain peaks; rushing streams and fascinating wildlife. The boy remembers to this day the astonishingly huge herd of Olympic elk as it crashed its migration way acrossthe Elwha River. — John D. Komen